It’s the holidays, which means it’s time to relax and unwind. To Richard Branson, that means sitting down with a favorite book or magazine, a cup of tea and a notebook.
Aside from a dose of relaxation, Branson also believes that reading sparks ideas and teaches leadership lessons. In a recent blog post, “Read to lead,” the Virgin Group founder reveals five of his favorite books he read in 2016.
Branson writes that his belief in possessing a “growth” mindset is paralleled in Matthew Syed’s Black Box Thinking. Syed’s book is great for entrepreneurs, touching upon topics of attitude, failure and behavior, Branson says.
If you’re looking for a more political read, Branson also recommends his book, Ending the War on Drugs. The book brings together insights from a group of experts who explain drug policy reform and treating drug abuse as a health issue.
Although if you want a light read this winter, John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley -- a book about the author’s road trip across the U.S. with his dog, Charley -- is a “subtle guide on how to live” and another top choice from Branson.